Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa has quietly added the new Figo Freestyle to its local range, with the fresh-faced cross-hatch offered in two trim levels.
Seemingly not content with the likes of the Toyota Etios Cross, Renault Sandero Stepway and Volkswagen Polo Vivo Maxx hogging the cross-hatch spotlight, Ford’s new Figo-based Freestyle has finally touched down in South Africa.
The Figo 1,5 Trend Freestyle is priced at R226 700, which makes it some R14 800 more expensive than the hatch on which it’s based. The Figo 1,5 Titanium Freestyle, meanwhile, tops the range at R247 500, commanding a R11 800 premium over the hatch version.
Like the six other variants in the Figo hatch and sedan line-up, the Freestyle derivatives each employ the Blue Oval brand’s naturally aspirated 1,5-litre, three-cylinder petrol engine, which directs its 88 kW and 150 N.m to the front axle. Freestyle models are offered exclusively in five-speed manual guise.
Revealed back in February 2018 in South America (wearing the Ka badge), the Freestyle gains a raised ride height, model-specific bumpers, a new finish for its grille, black-masked headlamps and, of course, the obligatory black plastic body cladding. You'll also notice roof rails in a metallic finish and faux-skid-plates front and rear.
Expect Ford SA to announce further specifications in the near future...
Ford Figo 1,5 Ambiente hatch: R202 100
Ford Figo 1,5 Ambiente sedan: R208 500
Ford Figo 1,5 Trend hatch: R211 900
Ford Figo 1,5 Trend sedan: R217 300 Ford Figo 1,5 Trend Freestyle: R226 700
Ford Figo 1,5 Titanium hatch: R235 700
Ford Figo 1,5 Trend AT hatch: R235 900 Ford Figo 1,5 Titanium Freestyle: R247 500
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